The truth is I haven’t played tennis since 15 years ago. But what struck me with these pictures is the historical significance of tennis court inside the kwartel, now known as Camp Salvador Escudero Sr. From my previous article, I grew up with 3 clay courts – Gobyerno, GSIS and the said camp. And I could only assume that all of these courts were built by the Americans during the occupation because they were located inside historical premises.
It also brings back old memories – I played there a few times when I was in high school, including with my future wife. A close friend who represented Sorsogon National High School in tennis on several sports fests played with me (I always lost each game). You don’t need to pay to play, just bring your own tennis balls (that I would normally lose when it would go over the fence), your own racquet and provided nobody plays. The camp sentries would simply let you in. And I remember playing in the afternoon sun because that was the best time to play – you have the court for yourself. And of course, who could forget the tennis balls flying outside the fence and have to run after it lest somebody picks it up.
I am not sure if the couple of courts in Seminaryo are of the same type (shell).